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"Am I Old Yet?" A comedy about ageing with dignity and joy.
11 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
22 Cheese Shop Cafe Encounters
Helen makes a new friend who bumps into her (literally) at the Cheese Shop Cafe. Turns out they have a mutual acquaintance in Rene, the young Scot who rescued Helen's cheese in a previous episode (#14). Meanwhile Charlie, Susie's friend from uni, has retired his Polish alter ego Piotr. About time too!Scots actress Morag Stark joins the TMT ensemble to play the role of Auntie Jean. Christopher McDougall reprises his double act of Rene and Charlie. You can support our team by donating the price of a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/AmIOldYet, or by becoming a Patron at Patreon.com. And if you enjoy this episode, drop a word in the comments on the website at https://am-I-old-yet.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/amIoldyet)
11 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
21 Rockhampton Daze
Helen's great-niece Georgie is visiting her parents, Flora and Walter, and her grandmother Marian (Helen's sister) in Rockhampton, in Central Queensland. She has booked a Skype call with Helen, who is running late—as usual.This little comedy show is a Home Made production. In other words, I make it in my home. It would be wonderful, if you enjoy it, if you would rate and review it in your favourite podcasting app. And you can also support it by donating the price of a cup of coffee, or by becoming a Patreon Patron here. More details about the show, and the performers, at https://am-I-old-yet.com.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/amIoldyet)
13 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
20 A Natter with Nana
The sun is out, and Helen joins Nana Madeleine from next door for a natter in the garden. The birds are singing, as the 102 year old and the 77 year old toss some ideas around regarding family, depression and whether humanity has passed Peak Evolution.Please support the podcast with a single donation, or by becoming a Patron here. And we'd love it if you could rate and review here. I've a bonus episode ready to share as soon as I get 5 more reviews!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/amIoldyet)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/amIoldyet)
12 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
19 Who's a Keeper?
Helen tries to dodge a few bullets when she finds herself in between her granddaughter Susie and Susie's boyfriend Jack. It would be helpful if she could ever learn to think before she speaks. Liverpool legend Mark Porter returns to the show in the role of Jack. Please support the podcast with a single donation, or by becoming a Patron here. And we'd love it if you could rate and review here. I've a bonus episode, "A Natter with Nana", ready to share as soon as I get 5 more reviews!
11 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
18 Houston Calling
Four of the original gang of five from Helen's student days are now back in touch with each other,. Esme (Essie) calls from her home in Houston, Texas, and the conversation touches on old memories as well as future possibilities. Why do we still feel obliged to comment on each other's appearance? Guest performances this week from Joanna Cazden as Essie, Amy Stoller as BethAnn, and Bibi as Honey. More details at the website. Please rate and review the podcast. And you can click here to support the programme by becoming a Patron—with added benefits..Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/amIoldyet)
15 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
17: Neil Gaiman Envy
Helen enjoys a catchup Facetime call with her publisher friend Joey. They swap old lady experiences of diminishing dietary possibilities, and short walks. Helen confesses a desire to be more like Neil Gaiman. And Janey drops by to borrow yet another children's book. The music for this episode is "When the Whole World Opens Up Again" by Joanna Cazden. You can find it on Youtube here.Please support the podcast with a single donation, or by becoming a Patron here. And we'd love it if you could rate and review here.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/amIoldyet)
12 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
16: The Problem with Janey
102 year old Nana next door is off for the weekend to visit her pals. Meantime, Susie has been on the phone to Janey about Helen's escapade at the Cheese Shop, and Janey is in a panic. Helen won't take kindly to being scolded. The closing music, "When I Was a Little Girl", is based on a traditional English folk song "Kingston Hill", and is available on Bandcamp.Please support the podcast HERE
11 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
15: Oh Waiter!
Susie and Helen enjoy a rendezvous in the park, and the subject of a marriage proposal comes up. A visit to the Cheese Shop Cafe provides an unexpected turn of events, as the Polish waiter is not quite as he seems. This episode features guest performer Christopher McDougall, and the song "Dreams of Handsome Men" which you can download at Bandcamp.com.
13 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
14: Hey—Old Lady!
Helen gets a fright while out shopping for cheese, and makes a new friend. It's always best not to jump to conclusions. In this week's episode, she might just find the answer to her question from someone much, much younger. Special guest artist is actor, singer, musical director, and graduate of East 15 Acting School, Christopher McDougall.
12 minutes | May 27, 2021
Remembrance of Things Past
Memories can be a comfort, or a cause of distress. And when memories disappear, it's hard to know who feels it the most. Helen's older sister likes to ring up from her home in Rockhampton, Queensland, to check up on some old memories. Helen is still struggling to write down some of hers, worrying that daughter Janey might be upset. But we can always learn something new about our nearest and dearest. The image of Fraser Island is courtesy of Rulz.rishi, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
11 minutes | May 20, 2021
12: Has Pattie Got a Secret?
Well, who hasn't? When old friends meet up after many years, it's good to share. And when old people need to share, it's good to have friends who understand what you are going through. Helen and Pattie have a lot of catching up to do. Helen and her daughter Janey seem to be happy enough to keep their own counsel—for the time being.
17 minutes | May 12, 2021
11 A Blast from the Past
The bond between grandparent and grandchild can be very special, and also sometimes it can turn into a minefield. Janey is not happy that Helen knew about Susie's boyfriend before she did. And Helen receives a surprise package with no return address. Memories can also be a minefield, with unexploded bombs lying in wait. As if surviving a pandemic weren't challenging enough, family relationships still need to be tended and mended. This episode also includes the track "There's No Such Place as Away" from Awkward Strangers.
13 minutes | May 7, 2021
It is a sign of the times that a phone call from an unknown caller has to be assumed to be a scammer. Helen decides to take them on, but she gets more than she bargained for. And is sweet Susie turning into a banshee? This episode also includes the song "Sometimes I Think".
11 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Ep 9: A Small Insurrection
Janey is nothing like her mother... however, one simple phone call could change all that. Some daughters love to confide in their mothers, but Janey has a secret she really doesn't want Helen to know about. And vice versa. Who will give way first? Could it be that they are actually like two peas in a pod?
3 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Bonus: "Am I Old Yet?" poem
I wrote this poem last July, shortly after the first lockdown began to open up. The acting college where I had been teaching voice part time prior to lockdown invited me to come back into the studio to teach, and I didn't consider it safe—for myself, or for the students—so I declined. It occurred to me that I would almost certainly never be offered such work again. I had been extremely lucky to have kept on teaching at the tertiary level for as long as I had, well into my 70s.Thoughts on ageing weren't new to me. But this seemed more pressing, especially with all the understanding by that stage that anyone over 80 was especially vulnerable to Covid-19. When 80 is only 4 years away, and those years are accelerating by faster than a Formula 1 car driven by Jensen Button, it feels like tomorrow.Hence this poem. It was published in October 2020 as part of the collection "Sunsets & Kites", which is available from Amazon online.Enjoy! And stay safe.Image courtesy @gsultangeorge
11 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Ep 8: More Secrets
Helen seeks peace and quiet in the garden (note to self: don’t take the phone with you). Susie is being harassed by Janey. Janey receives a surprise challenge from Georgie. Georgie is sworn to secrecy. How many secrets can one family sustain?
13 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Ep 7: A Different Perspective
Sparks fly when daughter Janey comes for lunch, and when the phone rings, Helen is challenged by an old friend to see things from a slightly different angle.
11 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Ep 6: Saving Grounds
Helen has a crisis in the kitchen, but is it because she is old, or just stupid? 102-year-young Nana from next door has something to say on the subject. Meanwhile, Helen still hasn't told Janey about the book.
12 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Caught Out (Ep 5)
Helen may have let something slip that she'd rather her family didn't know about. And daffodils from Janey's garden won't help. But she's delighted to receive a call from her Great Niece, Georgie, now living and working in Sydney. Sometimes it helps to have connections...
12 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Finish the Book (Ep 4)
Helen is pleased to discover that she didn't upset her very elderly neighbour, who has set her a puzzle instead. Granddaughter Susie calls up, seeking advice on her uni assignment. And what is Alexa on about?
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